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Smart South Island Symposium 

On November 25, the South Island Prosperity Project brought together over 300 residents, local leaders, First Nations, entrepreneurs and investors for a Smart South Island Symposium public engagement event to think about how we can work together to become a smarter region by pairing digital technology and data together to create 'smart' solutions that will solve our region's top challenges. 

This was the first event in a two-part Smart South Island Symposium series hosted by the South Island Prosperity Project, to debate the opportunities and challenges that come with the smart and sustainable development of communities across the South Island region.

This animated event was facilitated by Charles Montgomery, author of Happy City, and expert in bringing together city builders and regular people to think about creative uses for cities as living laboratories.

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This was an interactive event that provided attendees the opportunity to hear from a Global Future Cities Expert Jose Quadrio Alves as well as panel of experts who addressed Five Key Challenge Themes: 

  • Transportation & Mobility
  • Housing & Affordability
  • Economic Resiliency & Inclusion
  • Human Health
  • Environmental Health

Following the presentations, the audience participated in a number of engagement exercises using both online and offline platforms to help us define the greatest challenges facing our region that could be solved using smart technology. 

Throughout the day we used an online tool called "Mentimeter" to capture feedback in real-time. We will use this feedback to inform our Smart South Island 2040 vision, a guiding strategy and vision for creating a smarter, more sustainable South Island. For a glimpse at some of the results we gleaned through the live vote, check out this Snapshot.

For a full breakdown of the day's events, including some of the themes and ideas that resulted from our engagement activities, download our Event Summary.

If you weren't able to attend the Smart South Island Symposium, but would still like to see what you missed and stay connected, check out the video footage of our event below:

Part 1

Part 2


Smart south island symposium SNAPSHOT

On November 25, the South Island Prosperity Project brought together over 300 residents, local leaders, First Nations, entrepreneurs and investors for a Smart South Island Symposium public engagement event to think about how we can work together to become a smarter region by pairing digital technology and data together to create 'smart' solutions that will solve our region's top challenges. 

This was the first event in a two-part Smart South Island Symposium series hosted by the South Island Prosperity Project, to debate the opportunities and challenges that come with the smart and sustainable development of communities across the South Island region.

This animated event was facilitated by Charles Montgomery, author of Happy Cities, and expert in bringing together city builders and regular people to think about creative uses for cities as living laboratories.

EVENT AGENDA

9:00AM

Doors open

9:30 - 9:40AM

Welcoming remarks from Chief Ron Sam, Songhees Nation. 

Introduction to the South Island Prosperity Project and the "Smart South Island" initiative: Bruce Williams, Event MC & Emilie de Rosenroll, CEO of the South Island Prosperity Project. 

9:40 - 9:55AM

Framing the day - Charles Montgomery, event facilitator (author of Happy City)

9:55 - 10:05AM

Group icebreaker - What is most important to each of us to consider for the future of our city?

10:10 - 10:40AM

Keynote: Jose Quadrio Alves, Vice-President Global Future Cities, CGI (Portugal) 

10:45 - 11:00AM

Refreshment break

11:00 - 11:45AM

Panel discussion on Five Key Challenge Themes 

1) Transportation & Mobility - Todd Litman, Victoria Transport Policy Institute

2) Housing & Affordability - Veronika Bylicki, CityHive

3) Economic Resiliency & Inclusion - Carol Anne Hilton, Transformation International

4) Human Health - Shannon Clarke, BC Healthy Communities Society

5) Environmental Health - Paul Shorthouse, The Delphi Group

6) Linking the Smart Cities themes together - Jose Quadrio Alves, CGI

11:45 - 12:30PM

Audience participation: Deep dive on the five themes. What does our region look like in 2040?

12:30 - 12:45

Recap / Overview of day

12:45 - 1:00

Launch the Innovation Challenge!

1:00PM

End of Session